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Quality Assurance Associate I

Posted 25 Aug 2018

Rockville, Maryland - United States

Req Id 179930


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role

The incumbent provides an independent review or audit of data, processes and reports for the assigned audit scope. Leads others in the interpretation of the regulations, and applicable protocols and SOPs.

Incumbent performs audits in a scope defined by the supervisor (e.g. genetic toxicology, mammalian toxicology). Understands and interprets the applicable regulations and possesses basic scientific knowledge of the audit scope. Provides guidance in regulatory interpretation to operations and Quality Assurance.


  • Excellent background and understanding of GLP compliance and familiarity with all aspects of FDA, EPA and applicable international regulations.
  • Excellent understanding of complex and evolving regulatory requirements and intent.
  • Assure the protocol requirements are met by auditing the protocol, raw data, data summary tables, draft and final reports associated with nonclinical studies to evaluate regulatory compliance.
  • Plan, conduct and report study-specific laboratory inspections to assess compliance with GLP regulations/industry standards.
  • Assure QA departmental inspection reports and any other supporting documentation or required records are appropriately processed and eventually archived, as appropriate.
  • Identify regulatory compliance issues and provide regulatory support to departments. 
  • Constructively interact and communicate with employees in various settings.
  • An understanding of laboratory quality assurance principles to ISO 17025 and their application as specified in the Quality Manual
  • Keep QAU and QA Management apprised of compliance issues through frequent updates.


  • Independently host client visits and regulatory inspections.
  • Serve as a Liaison with operations departments to support consistent practice and advice.
  • Lead and assist in planning facility audits.
  • Perform vendor/subcontractor audits.
  • Provide training and guidance to QAU personnel and others as needed.
  • Assist in the planning, development, and delivery of comprehensive GLP Training Programs as needed.
  • Able to audit in multiple disciplines (genetic toxicology, mammalian toxicology, AHS).
  • Lead and participate in departmental business, process, or general regulatory projects

Who You Are

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a science field preferred (experience may be considered in lieu of a degree)
  • Experience:
    • Working knowledge of a research laboratory
    • Experience auditing in a GLP or GMP facility (prefer min 4 years) 
    • Proven experience in conducting detailed external and internal audits, desirable.
    • RQAP-GLP, or other applicable certification or registration desirable.
    • Supervisory experience desirable.
  • Knowledge and Skills:
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of management.
    • Highly motivated and detail oriented with proven organizational skills.
    • Independently determines and develops approach to solutions.
    • Proven experience in auditing or relevant laboratory/facility setting experience.
    • Excellent computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database software applications, specifically MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint.)
    • Work with minimal supervision and independently determine corrective actions.


      Ability to travel as needed (~25%)

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to his/her Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because he/she made a good faith report of discrimination.

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